Last weekend we touched down in Merida, Mexico. It was a trip inspired by a cooking class I really wanted to take. And though we did not have enough time for the class (it was taking place the day we were leaving) we had a ton of fun exploring the city. We stayed at the most amazing Airbnb. I have included an inordinate amount of photos below because it was just so pretty. I was not expecting to be so relaxed on this leg of the trip, but alas.
The city of Merida itself was quite picturesque. I did not take nearly enough pictures of all the festivities. Saturday when we got in, there was a little festival we went to that had traditional dancing and a ton of food. Unfortunately, we were not at all hungry since we had such a late lunch, so we did not get to try any food. Sunday morning, one of the parks was filled with carts of shops and foods, and we got to look upon some lovely churches and the old governors mansion.
Sunday night, we made a last minute reservation for a private english speaking tour of the area for Monday. I was a little concerned that it wouldn't be pulled off since was so last minute, but the guys at the agency we called were simply amazing at swiftly putting a package together. We got to see the Mayan site Uxmal, as well as an old Hacienda and the real reason I booked the trip in the first place...Cenotes!! The first cenote we went to was completely empty when we got there, and it was a real treat to have it to ourselves. The second cenote was crowded and when I got out I was swarmed by at least 15 wasps. Terror, I know! I always wondered why people can't outrun bees. Now I know... they can fly! I ended up being stung, and guys, I was the picture of a trooper, but omg it hurt so badly. Our guide cut a sour orange for me to rub on the bite and it helped so much. I cannot tell you how proud I was of myself. I am always getting a step closer to being a true grown up.
I do not think this picture really captures my happiness at being in this gorgeous place. It was so spectacular to walk into, and omg I am not really one with words and as such cannot properly describe how cool this place was.
I cannot wait to see more of Mexico in the future (now that I know how to say Oaxaca, maybe I can actually travel there :)). Later in the week I will post up Part II of our trip. The beaches of Tulum!